Women in Uganda: Background information when reading A Girl is A Body of Water

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A Girl is A Body of Water

by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

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A Girl is A Body of Water by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
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    Sep 2020, 560 pages
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    Jun 15, 2021, 450 pages

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Women in Uganda

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Ugandan women working on machinery provided by UNDPIn A Girl Is a Body of Water, set in the 1970s-'80s, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi presents a compelling protagonist named Kirabo who is coming of age in Uganda and learning what it means to be a woman from her grandmother, aunts and other women in her village. Like most cultures, Ugandan society is largely patriarchal in structure. Women are generally expected to care for the household and children, despite the fact that many also perform paid labor outside of the home. A 2018 report by OXFAM indicates that it is viewed as socially unacceptable for men to engage in household duties because these are traditionally "a woman's task." The same study notes that 62 percent of women surveyed reported their husbands having paid a "bride price"— a dowry given by a man to the family of the woman he wants to marry — and that women whose husbands paid this fee are often expected to take on more work in the home. Polygamy is legal in Uganda, though it is controversial; a petition ...

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